Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party building certification process developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. This green building certification program recognizes best-in-class building practices and is an internationally recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.
LEED is a performance-based rating system. The system measures a building using several metrics including energy savings, water efficiency, sustainable land use, improved air quality, and stewardship of natural resources. Certification is based on total number of points earned out of 100.
Buildings achieve certification by submitting an application to the Green Building Certification Institute for review. If all requirements are met, the GBCI awards LEED certification. The four levels of certification are: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
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